Faust is a charlatan who is highly successful yet dissatisfied with his life, which leads him to make a pact with the Devil , exchanging his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures. The Faust legend has been the basis for many literary, artistic, cinematic, and musical works that have reinterpreted it through the ages. "Faust" and the adjective " Faustian " imply a situation in which an ambitious person surrenders moral integrity in order to achieve power and success for a delimited term. [1] [2]

Faust is bored and depressed with his life as a scholar. After an attempt to take his own life, he calls on the Devil for further knowledge and magic powers with which to indulge all the pleasure and knowledge of the world. In response, the Devil's representative, Mephistopheles , appears. He makes a bargain with Faust: Mephistopheles will serve Faust with his magic powers for a set number of years, but at the end of the term, the Devil will claim Faust's soul, and Faust will be eternally enslaved.

The origin of Faust's name and persona remains unclear. [ dubious – discuss ] The character is ostensibly based on Johann Georg Faust (c. 1480–1540), a magician and alchemist probably from Knittlingen , Württemberg , who obtained a degree in divinity from Heidelberg University in 1509, but the legendary Faust has also been connected with Johann Fust (c. 1400–1466), Johann Gutenberg 's business partner, [7] or suggest that Fust is one of the multiple origins to the Faust story. [8]

Faust is a charlatan who is highly successful yet dissatisfied with his life, which leads him to make a pact with the Devil , exchanging his soul for unlimited knowledge and worldly pleasures. The Faust legend has been the basis for many literary, artistic, cinematic, and musical works that have reinterpreted it through the ages. "Faust" and the adjective " Faustian " imply a situation in which an ambitious person surrenders moral integrity in order to achieve power and success for a delimited term. [1] [2]

Faust is bored and depressed with his life as a scholar. After an attempt to take his own life, he calls on the Devil for further knowledge and magic powers with which to indulge all the pleasure and knowledge of the world. In response, the Devil's representative, Mephistopheles , appears. He makes a bargain with Faust: Mephistopheles will serve Faust with his magic powers for a set number of years, but at the end of the term, the Devil will claim Faust's soul, and Faust will be eternally enslaved.

The origin of Faust's name and persona remains unclear. [ dubious – discuss ] The character is ostensibly based on Johann Georg Faust (c. 1480–1540), a magician and alchemist probably from Knittlingen , Württemberg , who obtained a degree in divinity from Heidelberg University in 1509, but the legendary Faust has also been connected with Johann Fust (c. 1400–1466), Johann Gutenberg 's business partner, [7] or suggest that Fust is one of the multiple origins to the Faust story. [8]

Marlowe's play has two different recognized texts, with most editions based on the B text. Due to recent arguments for the authenticity of A, this edition is based on the A text. It includes a discussion of biographical, dramatic and theatrical aspects of the play.

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Doctor Faustus (Signet Classic) by Christopher Marlowe.

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